Today’s coronavirus update includes news on the reopening of Świebodzki Market, hairdressers returning, and a PPE shipment to the Vatican.
As the coronavirus crisis develops, the news is coming thick and fast. Here are just some of the local and national coronavirus stories that have broken in the last 24 hours:
Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wrocław increases to 492
According to Gazeta Wrocławska’s live feed, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wrocław has increased from 465 to 492 since our last update.
The number of people who have died from coronavirus in Wrocław remains at 27.
Across Poland, the coronavirus case count currently stands at 15,651. Meanwhile, 5,437 people in the country have recovered from COVID-19.
785 people have sadly died in Poland as a result of the virus.
Świebodzki Market to reopen tomorrow
The iconic Świebodzki flea market is to open tomorrow – albeit with a number of restrictions.
Only gardening items, furniture and food, as well as cleaning products and toiletries, can be sold. Just like in supermarkets, people will have to wear masks and gloves, while sellers should also be equipped with protective visors, gloves and disinfectant.
It will only be possible to enter the market from two points, and the number of people entering the site is to be monitored to prevent overcrowding.
Śląsk Wrocław to return to action against Raków Częstochowa on May 29th
Śląsk Wrocław are set to play their first game in around 2 months when they take on Raków Częstochowa on May 29th.
No player from the Ekstraklasa has tested positive for coronavirus so far. Provided that remains the case, league matches will resume behind closed doors as of May 29th.
Deputy Prime Minister: Hairdressers could open later this month
Deputy Prime Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz has suggested that hairdressers and barbers could be open again before the end of the month.
Speaking to Radio RMF, she said she hoped that people would be able to get a haircut in the second half of May. Restrictions are to be in place however; clients will need to be 2 metres apart and waiting rooms are to be off limits.
Private coronavirus tests proving popular
The drive-through coronavirus testing centre at Stadion Wrocław has not been short of paying clients since it opened on Monday. Medical staff do not have to pay for the tests, but everyone else has had to fork out 550zł. As of today the price has nonetheless come down slightly; a test now costs 500zł.
The operators of the testing say that two-thirds of those tested are paying customers. Due to high demand, the centre’s opening hours have been expanded. Besides being open on weekdays between 8am and 12pm, the testing centre is now open on Saturdays between 9am and 12pm.
Kings of Leon gig moved to June 2021
The Kings of Leon concert that was due to take place on June 24th has been rescheduled to June 3rd 2021.
Tickets that were purchased for the original concert remain valid. For details on refunds, contact the company you purchased your tickets from. Ebilet.pl have said that information on how to get a refund will be sent to their customers soon.
Police insist that they are taking action against people not covering their face in public
According to Łukasz Dutkowiak of Wrocław police, officers are patrolling streets to ensure people comply with the government’s emergency restrictions. He says that around 200-400 “interventions” are made each day in the city.
Although most people in the country are covering their faces, a worrying minority of individuals are wearing masks on their chins or avoiding masks/face covers altogether. For example, the photo below shows a small group of men flouting the rules at Skowroni Park on Thursday.
Should the police catch someone who is not covering their face, they could be fined 500zł. In an extreme case of rule breaking, that figure could even be between 5,000 and 20,000zł. However, a lot of the time people seem to be getting away with a telling off. This is understandably the case for homeless persons, who may find it difficult to find a mask and obviously have no cash to pay a fine anyway.
Police officer Kamil Rynkiewicz says that “one of the factors affecting the punishment is the behavior of the offender after committing it.” Therefore those who cooperate and are polite appear to stand a chance of getting a verbal warning rather than a fine.
Orlen gift Vatican 735,000 masks, 18,000 litres of disinfectant and 10,000 protective suits
As state-funded website The First News reports, publicly-owned oil company Orlen has delivered a shipment of PPE and disinfectant to the Vatican.
Orlen say that the items will help protect the Vatican Gendarmerie, the Swiss Guard, the needy, the homeless, migrants and nursing home patients.
The delivery comes after multiple reports of hospitals and care homes in Poland suffering from a lack of PPE.